The University seeks to help students and organizations learn to become conscientious members of their community. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner at all times, whether on or off campus. Colorado State University’s Student Conduct Code applies to behavior that occurs on University premises and at University-sponsored programs and activities. It also applies to off-campus behavior that adversely affects the University community’s health, safety or welfare, poses a threat to persons or property, or may damage the institution’s reputation or relationship with the greater community (including behavior occurring in a foreign country or in another state, and behavior at all University activities, regardless of location).

A student may face both the University student conduct process and criminal or civil litigation charges, since the same factual situation may allegedly violate both the Student Conduct Code and criminal or civil law. The student conduct process may happen before, during, or after criminal proceedings. Since the student conduct process is entirely separate from criminal or civil litigation, legal outcomes do not affect the student conduct process nor will pending criminal or civil litigation stop or delay the student conduct process.

Colorado State University, as a state, public institution, is required to follow all federal, state, and local laws, including laws that may not apply to private entities. This means that the Student Conduct Code must comport with the Constitution of the United States, federal statutes, federal administrative regulations, the Constitution of the State of Colorado, Colorado Revised Statutes, and State of Colorado administrative regulations.  Accordingly, the Student Conduct Code cannot conflict with or supersede any federal, state, or local law.